Greetings Brethren:

To realize the breath of the Wind is to know God. One must surely know God to be healed. The mood of love and compassion is one of strength. It does not take courage to bring death, destruction, economic ruin and opposition to healing.

Peace and Love,

Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal October 1, 2001 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.




In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

The Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost is the Third person of the Triune God-head. "Spirit" in the Hebrew and Greek translation both mean wind and breath. Both came to be used for the unseen reality of living beings especially God and man. Therefore, breath and wind are symbols of the Holy Spirit. (See Genesis 2: 7, Job 32: 8, 33: 4, Ezekiel 37: 9-10 and John 20: 22).

In the Old Testament the Spirit of God appears from the beginning as recorded in Genesis 1: 2. In Genesis 6: 3 we see God revealing that the Holy Spirit is My Spirit. Also in the Old Testament David prayed in repentance “Take not the Holy Spirit from me" in Psalms 51: 11. The Prophet Isaiah revealed that the Spirit of God is upon the Messiah in Isaiah 11: 2, 42: 1 and 61: 1. God acts by His Spirit is noted in Zechariah 4: 6.

Micah 3: 8. "But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the Lord, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgressions and to Israel his sin."

Micah as a faithful prophet was guided by the spirit of the Lord. Thus, the source of power for his ministry was God's spirit. Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior told his followers that they would have the Holy Spirit to bear witness to His Ministry (see Acts 1: 8). Man alone cannot witness effectively to God’s people. Fear is in the hearts and mind of those absent of the Holy Ghost, however when one is filled with the Holy Ghost they can witness for God.

In the New Testament we see the continuation of the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit among God's people. Thus, in the Gospel as in the Old Testament the Holy Spirit is seen in the presence of certain people for special reasons. (See Luke 1: 15, 41, 67). Jesus promises the Holy Spirit in a new way to believers in Him (John 7: 37-39). Jesus also reveals that the Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father in Luke 24: 49.

On the evening of the resurrection, Jesus breathed on the disciples (Thomas being absent) and "saith unto them, receive ye the Holy Ghost (John 20: 22). However, the complete blessing of the Holy Spirit as taught and promised would not come until the day of Pentecost. But this provisional aspect of the Holy Spirit would allow the disciples to persevere in prayer until the promised day.

At the day of Pentecost a new place concerning the revelation of God to men began as noted in Acts 2. This new revelation was as new as when the Word became flesh in the birth of Jesus. It is also noted that the Spirit plays such a prominent role in Acts that this Book is often described as the Acts of the Spirit.

Here in the Book of Acts Jesus bestows His Spirit at Pentecost. This act marks the birth of the Christian community. A dynamic example of the out pouring of the Holy Spirit is recorded in Acts 2: 1-4, 4:28-31, 8:15-17, 10:44 and 19: 6.

The Apostle Paul teaches that the gospel comes not in word alone but in the powerful Holy Spirit bringing conviction and joy (see 1 Thessalonians 1:5-6, 2 Thessalonians 2: 13). Paul also teaches us to "do not quench the Spirit," (see 1 Thessalonians 5: 19). The Spirit is therefore a gift of God's grace. However, it involves a struggle of the spirit and the flesh. The Spirit is the Christian person while the flesh is sin.

In Paul's letter to the Galatians he writes about the reception of the Holy Spirit. Here we see that the Sprit is received into the heart. It comes through faith rather than works of the law. Thus, the Holy Spirit releases us from the slavery of the law.

Galatians 3: 2-5. "This only would I learn of you, received ye the spirit by the works of the law, or by the sharing of faith?"

Here we see the superiority of the gospel and the difference between the law and faith. The Holy Spirit was not received by obeying Jewish law. The Galatians received the Holy Spirit when they believed.

Galatians 5: 5. "The freedom of the Gospel and living in freedom of Christ.

"For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith."

Galatians 5: 22-23. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,"

"meekness, temperance: again such there is no law."

The fruit of the Spirit produces these character traits that are Christ like. As we join with God, the fruit of the spirit will grow in us. The fruit of the Spirit is love. Therefore a person rich in the fruit of the Spirit fulfills the law better than someone that observes the rituals of the law but has little love in their hearts.

Cont. Part 50: The Promise of The Holy Spirit




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